McCoist, right, celebrated his birthday with victory over Dunfermline
Rangers boss Ally McCoist got exactly the response he wanted from his players in the 4-0 win over Dunfermline.
The rout at East End Park followed a midweek League Cup defeat by First Division Falkirk.
"We were miles and miles better than we were on Wednesday," McCoist told BBC Radio Scotland.
"We asked the lads for a reaction, to get the ball forward quicker and put the Dunfermline defence under pressure. We did that and we got our reward."
Carlos Bocanegra headed McCoist's men in front and Maurice Edu's strike doubled the lead. Steven Naismith fired a second-half double to complete the scoring.
"We've still got miles to go, but today was a small step in the right direction from recovering from that result," said McCoist.
"We showed the lads the first 10 minutes of the game against Falkirk and then we showed them 10 minutes after Falkirk scored.
"The difference in the attitude, exertion and physicality in those 10-minute spells was absolutely incredible.
"We feel, rightly or wrongly, against the vast majority of opponents in Scotland that, if we play the game at a very high tempo, it certainly increases our chances of winning the game.
"I thought the fourth goal was a fabulous goal. It was a wonderful goal and I don't think it was anymore than we deserved.
"The fans were due a performance from us after the disappointment of midweek and I'm delighted to say they go that."
McCoist said of midfielder Steven Davis's display: "It was a captain's performance from the best player on the park."
The result was a welcome birthday present for McCoist and, commenting on speculation about how old he is, he joked: "Allow me to answer that one - old!"